Current Vintage: 2019
Vintage may vary during the year. If you are looking for a specific vintage, please get in touch.
The 2020 was hand-harvested and whole-bunch pressed into puncheons (and a smattering of barriques) and fermented wild. It was matured in oak for nine months with only 15% new wood (Downer continues to minimize the oak impact). This year most of the wine passed through malo. Part of this was in the conscious effort to push the ferments a little longer and temper the vintage's naturally high acidity. Only 165 dozen were produced.
Aromas of grapefruit, freshly cut pear and nashi intermingle with just a hint of nectarine and cashew. The palate is even more tempting; saline and dripping with Puligny-like mineral intensity and precision. It's a Tilbury in perfect balance which translates into pristine Adelaide Hills Chardonnay at its finest.
The Adelaide Hills are certainly alive - perhaps not with the sound of music - but rather, vast quantities of unique wines that circulate through the region's pristine body. This region is still a new kid on the Australian wine block - but is producing finessed cool climate classics such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Hipster’s will be happy in the Adelaide Hills too, with the region being home to a plethora of alternative varietals such as Blaufrankisch and Gruner Veltliner.
The Hills are chock full of cellar doors serving up the best of the region's food and wine output. The cooler climate that comes with altitude serves as an important point of difference from the warmer regions in Adelaide - tarty and acidic wines dominate over the more ripe fruit that can be found elsewhere in the State of Adelaide.
"Green apple, lime juice, floral notes, a little capsicum and green herb in the mix too. Lively, crisp, juicy to taste. Lots of pure, virtuous chardonnay action here. That little gummy pucker to close keeps things freshened up too. Good-good." 92 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front